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Niagara beats Saint Peter's from the line

Juan'ya Green scored 23 points, making all 12 of his free throws, as Niagara rallied from a 16-point deficit to win at Saint Peter's, 59-53, on Friday night in Jersey City, N.J.

The Purple Eagles (13-17, 8-9 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) made up for abysmal 25.6 percent shooting (11 of 43) -- including 19 percent in the second half (4 of 21) -- by hitting 30 of 38 free throws.

Saint Peter's (5-24, 4-13) led, 26-10, with 6:39 to go until halftime and still held a 38-28 advantage with 18:16 remaining. Niagara then rattled off 15 straight points, including eight by Antoine Mason, who finished with 16.

There were six lead changes and five ties from that point, with Yvon Raymond, who led Saint Peter's with 10 points, fouling out with 5:02 left.

Ameen Tanksley's two free throws put the Purple Eagles up, 57-56, with 1:27 to go, then the Peacocks missed four three-point attempts.

George Beamon scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as host Manhattan cruised, 90-77, over Canisius, sweeping the season series.

Beamon was 13 of 16 from the field in posting his second double-double of the season for the Jaspers (20-10, 12-5 MAAC), who have won 11 of their last 14 games.

Manhattan led by eight in the first half, but the Golden Griffins stayed within reach. Gaby Belardo's three-pointer closed the gap to three before Emmy Andujar's three made it 42-36 at the break.

Alshwan Hymes had 23 points and Belardo 19 to lead the Griffs, who were back in the loss column after a 73-66 win over Maryland-Baltimore County on Feb. 18 halted a 10-game losing streak.

The University at Buffalo hosts Miami University (Ohio) today at 3 p.m. (Radio 1230 AM), looking to snap a three-game losing skid.

Buffalo is 16-9 overall and 9-4 in the MAC and is coming off an 88-77 loss to Ohio on Wednesday night. The Bulls were led by Mitchell Watt, who had 19 points and seven rebounds. Javon McCrea added 15 points and Titus Robinson chipped in with 14.

St. Bonaventure (15-10, 8-5) heads to Charlotte tonight (7 p.m.) in search of its first road win against the 49ers as the A-10 race continues.

A win over Charlotte would guarantee SBU just its fifth winning record in the A-10 (member since 1979-80) and first since 2000-01.

The Bonnies would also match their win total from all of last season (16) and become the only school in the league to increase its league win total in each of the last five seasons.

Andrew Nicholson scored 34 points and St. Bonaventure outlasted Charlotte, 92-88, in three overtimes in the Bonnies' conference opener Jan. 8, 2011 at the Reilly Center.


Women's basketball

Niagara went on a 26-0 first-half run and led by as many as 36 points in an 87-66 win over Siena on Friday night at the Gallagher Center. Siena and Niagara are now tied for fifth in the MAAC Standings with one game remaining.

The Purple Eagles, Siena and Iona are in contention for the Nos. 5 and 6 seeds in an attempt to avoid the first round of the MAAC Tournament.

Lauren Gatto and Meghan McGuinness had 14 points each as NU improved to 11-18, 8-9.

Canisius lost, 50-40, to Manhattan in the Koessler Center on Friday. The Golden Griffins drop to 12-16 overall and 6-11 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Sophomore Jamie Ruttle was the only Canisius player to reach double figures as she scored a game-high 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Freshman Kayla Hoohuli had eight points, four rebounds and four steals in 39 minutes while junior Ashley Wilkes had a game-high eight rebounds.

St. Bonaventure, which has already clinched the No. 1 seed at next week's Atlantic-10 Tournament, will look to become just the seventh team in A-10 history to go undefeated through conference play as it travels to Rhode Island for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff.